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Resources & Support for Rhode Island

During these challenging times, Rhode Islanders must lean on one another for support. This page contains helpful resources for businesses and community members to reference during the COVID-19 crisis, so we can #KeepRIinMotion

Resources for Small Business Owners:

Payment Protection Program 

Signed on 3/27, federal law (CARES) allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. These loans can be forgiven if you maintain payroll. Subcontractors too! All details and how to apply here.

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RI Bridge Loans for Restaurants & Small Biz

RI Commerce, in partnership with LISC, the RI Hospitality Association and Bank Newport, is launching a short-term loan program for restaurants and businesses with up to 10 employees at 0% interest. 

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The U.S. Small Business Administration 

The SBA has put together a page of helpful resources for small businesses to reference, such as info on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

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SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Portal

SBA is offering a 3.75% interest loan for small businesses affected by COVID-19. This is the SBA's online portal to apply. Please note, this page has been experiencing downtime.

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Paid Sick & Family Leave (IRS)

Through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, eligible employees can receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave.

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Tech Support (RI Commerce)

Through partners, the State is providing free 45-minute tech support sessions for small businesses and sole proprietors via zoom or conference call.

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Free Microsoft Office 365 for 6 Months

Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing. And free assistance to set up these tools.

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Free WebEx Video Conferencing

Cisco is providing free WebEx Video Conferencing solutions. No credit card required, no commitment needed. The free plan gives you meetings with 100 participants, HD video, screen sharing, and a personal room. 

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Resources from a HR Partner

Insperity is a leading HR solutions provider with an office in Providence. Here is their link explaining and provided helpful resources from their perspective they submitted to us.

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Resources for Employees & Job Seekers:

RI Workplace Fact Sheet

Quickly see your options for financial assistance and compensation, thanks to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT).

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HealthSource RI

HealthSource RI is offering a limited-time Special Enrollment Period that allows uninsured Rhode Islanders to purchase coverage through April 15th.

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Tax Relief (IRS)

The IRS has put together a page with all information and updates resulting from to the coronavirus. One large update is Tax Day has been extended to July 15th.

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Job Board (SkillsRI)

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI) is a nonprofit working to match businesses with job seekers. Linked is their job board.

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Resources for Food & Retail Industry:

Restaurants with Online Ordering & Take Out

Eat Drink RI compiled a list of Rhode Island restaurants still offering online ordering and take out.

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Curbside Pickup from Local Breweries

Since all RI brewery tasting rooms are closed, many breweries are offering sales of their beer for curbside pick up.

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Farm-to-Home Delivery for Produce & Meat

Farm Fresh RI is making home deliveries, and has already served hundreds of homes in Rhode Island.

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RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund

This relief fund is for RI Hospitality Association Member Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism employees who have been laid off and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

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Rally for Restaurants

This began as an initiative to help guests support their favorite local restaurant by buying a gift card to use in the future. It has now expanded to include online ordering, and ways to rally your government officials to take action and support your local restaurant community.

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Resources for RI Community:

Gift It Forward! Support Small Biz

Through the Lt. Governor's Office, this site makes it easy for you to buy a gift card to support your local small business.

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RI Department of Health Website

Your source for the most accurate information and guidance on the COVID-19 disease in Rhode Island

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Free Care.com Services for RI

Gov. Raimondo partnered with Care.com to provide free child care services for frontline workers responding to COVID-19 crisis.

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Crisis Relief Funds (Capital Good Fund)

This program is to help individuals financially impacted. This loan ranges from $300-$1500, and has a fifteen-month term with a special 90-day deferment payment period and 5% APR; there is also expedited loan application review. 

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COVID-19 Response Fund (for nonprofits)

United Way of RI and the RI Foundation created a fund (already raised $5M!) to support local nonprofits with direct service programs impacted by COVID-19.

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Fact Sheet for Renters / Eviction

Homes RI put together this fact sheet on recent changes affecting renters and/or those facing eviction.

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We're In This Together

Please help spread to word to our community by sharing this link! Also, if you have a helpful resource that a community member or business owner may benefit from, please send it to us using this short form. If we work together, we can #KeepRIinMotion

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